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Is Itchy Skin A Symptom Of Acute HIV Infection

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The Stages of HIV Disease

HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected...
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Can itchy skin be the only symptom of HIV?

I suffer from itchy skin and I'm worried it might be a cancer. Going through your site/forum, I read this piece of information from you:"Itchiness is not an uncommon finding in lymphoma patients, and in AIDS patients in general."Does...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I did indeed respond to a query stating that "itchiness is not an uncommon finding in lymphoma patients, and in AIDS patients in general." There are so many causes for itchy skin, ranging from the less serious causes (e.g. new detergent,... Read more »

Does Acute HIV Infection symptoms last this long?

First off I was told I was HIV positive 2 weeks ago, and now waiting for all the baseline test you recommend to come back to find out "the details" of my infection. TB did already come back neg. Doc said I had Acute HIV Infection.My...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,The symptoms associated with HIV acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) following primary infection generally occur two to three weeks after initial infection and persist for an additional two to three weeks. However, please note the symptoms... Read more »

Acute Infection - Degree of Symptoms

Dr. Wohl - Great work, please keep it up. You are a true beacon for all of us. My question is regarding the initial reaction to HIV (symptoms and their duration) and the long-term effects of this on fighting the virus. I have been unable to find any...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
HiI do not know of any data to suggest that the severity of one's symptoms during acute HIV infection predicts clinical course although it is an interesting idea.Part of the problem is that acute HIV infection is often missed so collecting... Read more »

Multiple low risks but very clear acute HIV symptoms

7 weeks ago, I had an exposure that includes multiple risks; vaginal protected sex, unprotected oral sex, I received 2 love bites which left marks on my neck and shoulder for a couple of days, and I suspect that the girl whom I had sex with used my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello.Vaginal protected sex would be considered "protected," assuming the latex condom was used properly and didn't fail (break). Unprotected oral sex carries only a very low risk for HIV transmission/acquisition. "Love... Read more »
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possible Acute HIV Infection symptoms?

Posted by humblonian, 1 Reply
A few months back I fell ill with symptoms such as lightheadedness, stiff neck, and mild headaches. The symptoms struck a few days, to a week after having unprotected sex. The symptoms would go away, and come back just about every other day for a... Read more »

Itchy skin

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi guys. Its been a year or so after my possible exposure but i never really thought about HIV, utill now. Ive been having problems with itchy dry skin all over. Is this a symptom of HIV? Will be testing i a week. thanks.

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Dry itchy skin

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hey guys, Ive been a lot of people worried about there symptoms and they include dry itchy skin. Is this a symptom of HIV? Does it happen early or later on? I dont remember this being a symptom. reason asking is ive had very dry itchy skin the last... Read more »

Duration of Acute HIV symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello: Generally, if I had a sore throat 3 weeks ago and now my nodes are slightly swollen in my neck and armpits, but never any rash or fever or oral signs, what is the risk of my having acute HIV infection? (Oral sex, no ejaculation, protected... Read more »